Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
This year, I’ve broken one of my cardinal rules. Obviously the primary rule is not to do work on vacation. I’m not breaking that. But the fact that you are reading this now proves I broke the rule I had to make for myself: don’t do twice as much work before you go on vacation.
See, I started this rule years ago because I had a hard time going on vacation (see last week). But it was made worse by the actual experience of going on vacation as a solo priest-in-charge about ten years ago.
I discovered that I had to do about three weeks of work the week before I left. And then I had extra sitting on my desk when I came back. In a sense, it felt like I wasn’t getting vacation. I was just front-loading it all.
So I stopped.
Since the Pandemic, the online part of the job has exploded, so there is way more of that. And this year, I don’t want to leave our people hanging. I know it is only a few weeks. I totally can just drop it. But I wanted to do this. At least for now. This time.
I wonder how you feel about time away? About your responsibilities and how you work with them. How might you provide for those you love in ways that nourish and inspire, but also leave room for you?